Capital Report: Governors’ Popularity Problem

Dec 21, 2012

 Since he was elected two years ago Rick Scott has adjusted to life in the public eye. What started as a tense relationship with the media has become more relaxed and Scott has even reached out to some of his most vocal critics-- teachers and their union. But as Lynn Hatter reports, as Scott gears up for his re-election bid, a new poll shows his efforts at appealing to the masses isn’t working. But his wife, Ann Scott may help give him a boost.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

Following the school shooting in Connecticut that left more than 20 children and a number of adults dead, Floridians are taking a close look at their own vulnerability. Regan McCarthy reports Experts have started raising concerns about Florida’s low level of spending for mental health services, and the governor has asked schools to take a look at beefing up their safety plans.

The Florida Department of Corrections has a new Secretary, but he’s not new to the agency. It’s the department’s Second-In-Command Mike Crews, who was recently promoted by Governor Rick Scott. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, as the third Secretary in less than two years, Crews faces several challenges in leading the nation’s third largest prison system.

One of Florida’s more successful public health programs is facing some uncertain times. Tom Flanigan reports federal healthcare reform and the future of Medicaid are the main issues…

Like all states, Florida offers economic incentives to try and get companies to relocate or expand in the state. As Jessica Palombo reports, the incentives add up to billions of dollars in lost tax revenue, and some state lawmakers are making it a priority to make sure taxpayers are getting a return on the investment.